Throughout the centuries, humanity has traveled the planet in search of new places to explore and live. We have crossed oceans on boats, trekked through mountains and deserts, and invented wings for flight. We have gone underground—into mines, caves, and now into space itself! Exploration is embedded in our DNA.
We seek opportunities to see new places, meet new people and have new experiences.
The steady process of discovery is one of the defining characteristics of being human. It is part of what it means to be alive. We see the diversity of life through art, architecture, food, customs, and language. As we learn more about our surroundings, there is a sense that we belong to a greater narrative.
We will never cease from exploration. And when we return to the beginning, we shall, as T.S. Eliot wrote, “know the place for the first time.”
After traveling for three weeks in September, we returned home fresh from exploring. As we traveled to Granville Island via the False Creek Ferry, I felt that sense of seeing the skyline of Vancouver for the first time.
“We shall not cease from explorationT. S. Eliot, Four Quartets
And the end of all our exploring
Will be to arrive where we started
And know the place for the first time.”